Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My New Armoire ... A Love Story ~


Can you LOVE a piece of furniture
An inanimate object?

I'm talking about 
TRUE LOVE... 

As in 
"I love it so much I want to marry it..."

Is it possible to love an armoire??

I think so and 
I'm in love.... 

But it didn't come easy for me...
there was some rejection involved, 
some heartache
along with some very painful waiting....

Let me share my love story....

Back in September, I was perusing Craigslist and came across a pair of wicker trunks that were from Pottery Barn. Big trunks... Trunks I really didn't have a place for. Trunks I didn't need. But they were Pottery Barn and I decided to check them out. I emailed the seller and somehow I ended up on her porch looking at trunks.... 

It was fate.

Feeling quite proud of myself for recognizing that I didn't need the trunks, I decided to pass... to leave empty handed... And that's when it happened....Out of the corner of my eye...

I saw IT!!!

The most beautiful armoire I have ever seen... 
Grand
Charming
Good looking...


It was love at first sight.... 

A sexy voice inside my head said to the armoire
"Hello Lover"

Trying to keep my cool, and taking a gulp, my heart racing, my voice shaking, I asked "Are you selling the armoire?"

"I'm not sure, I think so" the seller stated... She wasn't sure?  Wasn't sure she was selling it??!!!?? 

I inspected it carefully. It was in pretty good condition for being OUTDOORS on her front porch, exposed to the elements... I was talking to myself at this point... "She has this on her porch, she wants to sell it"... "It has sports equipment in it, she's not serious about the armoire".... "I would be a better owner!!"

We talked some more about where she purchased it and it's history... She hemmed and hawed and while she didn't commit to selling me the armoire, somehow we were taking measurements and I was writing them down.... 86" tall x 46" wide x 22 deep...

I snapped a few photos of the armoire on her porch ...


The details....


Her current use...sport storage on the porch??



I drove home... 
dreaming about the armoire...

In love... 
I'm in love!!

In my mind, I thought for sure we would strike a deal and this armoire would come home with me. Home with me very soon.... 

Somehow, I would need to convince my husband that I needed this giant 7 foot armoire. I was in deep... In my head,  my husband was I was already moving my entire living room around...

I measured the living room and found that I had a spot. I showed the photos of the armoire to my hubby and to my surprise he liked the armoire. We talked about renting a truck and maybe picking it up on the weekend....
But all my dreaming was premature,
very premature....

I called the seller to discuss a price....

That phone call was like nails on a chalkboard... Between the time I was at her house and the time it took me to drive home, the owner wasn't sure she wanted to sell the armoire. She told me she loved it too. She knew she needed to let it go, but wasn't ready yet. She told me that when she decided to sell it, she would let me know....

September and October passed.... 
I thought about the Armoire everyday. 

I AM NOT KIDDING.

I emailed the seller and asked "are you thinking of selling"... I got an email response "not yet, but I'll let you know".... Meanwhile, it started to rain and the thought of the armoire on her porch, possibly getting wet, made me sad...

I sent another email and was told "Maybe  I'll be ready to sell it in early December"...

Towards the end of  November, 
I phoned the seller and left a message...
no reply.

Admitting that my love affair was one sided and I wasn't going to get the armoire was painful... but I told myself that I would find something else. It was just a piece of furniture. Maybe something better would come along. 

I told myself all these things, 
but I'm not sure I really believed them.

Thanksgiving came and went and I was still hung up on the armoire. My birthday was approaching and it was almost December. My dear husband asked for the armoire lady's phone number.  He was going to call her and see if she was ready to sell it.  Mr. AntiqueChase is sweet like that.

He phoned, she answered, they talked. 

I wasn't getting the armoire.  

She said "Maybe after Christmas I will be ready to sell it, but not now."

There was some crying, and I may have even thrown a temper tantrum or two... But it was so sweet of Mr. AntiqueChase to try and that's what really mattered. A birthday gift in itself.

That afternoon, we decided to hang our outdoor Christmas lights. Mr. AC high up on the ladder and his cell phone was ringing. He took the call and it was our neighbor asking for some sprinkler advice... Then the phone rang again, and again... Mr. AC let it go to voice mail. We were busy with lights. Later that night, he listened to his phone messages and it was the Armoire lady. 

She decided she was ready to sell.

OMG let's get a truck NOW, I pleaded to Mr. AntiqueChase. My husband didn't recognize the urgency of the situation...  It took a few days but we got it... all 7 feet of it... in our living room.... and be still my heart...

I'm in LOVE...


The creamy paint color and patina of the finish...


French design...


I adore the love birds in the nest...


The large brass knobs with "outdoor" patina...


Large brass hinges and pediment carvings....


I stuck my big $3.00 trough 
from the Wednesday flea market up on top... 
If you missed that post, click here


However, I would really like to get an old rocking horse to place on top....


Love the rocking horse Deserae has on her large armoire (photo above). You can see more of Deserae's beautiful home on her blog Peeking thru the Sunflowers. Until I find a rocking horse, I'm happy to have my big wood trough... Still deciding if I should place fake greenery in there... It's too high and dark to water up there... This room faces North. 


As for the sofa table and mirrors that were previously on this wall, they have swapped places to the other side of the living room..... Such an overcast day today, my photos are dark, sorry! I promise to share more photos on a sunny day.

Thank you Mr. AntiqueChase for the wonderful birthday gift. I love my new armoire!

Back in November, I got news that 
I won a FANTASTIC giveaway at



Not one but TWO ruffled linen stockings!!!


Dreamy!!!


I felt so blessed to win this giveaway!!

Have you been to Rachel's blog 

Her decorating and photography are inspiring
and her blog is one of my favorites!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to visit!
I am busy with my holiday decor and hope to share some photos soon.

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